You know, I respect a kid with ambitions, and Taylor Lautner sure fits that bill. The kid (he just turned 18 earlier this month) has been attached to at least a half dozen projects as star since he reclaimed his “Twilight” Jacob Black role, and for a moment there it didn’t look like anyone was watching out for the kid. His dad being his manager probably didn’t help, either. I don’t know if someone finally convinced him he’s taken on way too much too fast, or if he just realized it himself, but according to Vulture Lautner has now ditched Mattel’s “Max Steel” franchise to concentrate on fronting “Stretch Armstrong” for Hasbro.
The article makes connects the dots that led to Lautner’s decision, filled with the type of “inside scoop” that most people probably don’t care about. Suffice it to say, Lautner has realized that while Hasbro has become a major player in Hollywood, with properties like Transformers and G.I. Joe pounding the Summer event film schedule, and a dozen more films already in production or close to it, Mattel has been pretty shitty about getting any of their movies made.
When you think about it, it’s an obvious choice, and the fact that Hasbro also has fingers in Lautner’s talent agency probably has something to do with it, too. It’s all very insider dishy, but in this case, it’s probably the best path for ol Taylor. Though personally, I would have preferred to see a Max Steel movie than one about a kid who can stretch his arms and legs. As the “Fantastic Four” movies proved, that power is kind of, well, dumb.
“Stretch Armstrong” is already scheduled for 2012, and the studio is talking to a potential director in Rob Letterman (“Monsters vs. Aliens”). Both those things, as well as Hasbro’s past successes, probably made Lautner’s decision a no-brainer.